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On Steve Tyrell’s 10th album, It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn, the GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter/producer celebrates the iconic American songwriter’s centennial birthday. Complemented with longtime collaborators, Tyrell explores 13 of his favorite Cahn songs, illustrating their everlasting vitality. The musicians include guitarist Bob Mann, pianists Alan ... Read more in Amazon's Steve Tyrell Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B005VR9CVK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At Last
2. That's All
3. Taking a Chance on Love
4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
5. I'll Take Romance featuring Judith Hill
6. Talk to Me, Talk to Me
7. You Turn Me Around
8. A Love That Will Last
9. All of You
10. Trust in Me
11. Don't Know Much
12. The Way You Look Tonight

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Steve Tyrell's ninth album puts the romance back into romantic, featuring his interpretations of classics like "Talk to Me", "At Last", "All of You" and "The Way You Look Tonight", as showcased in Steve Martin's 'Father of the Bride'. Often cited as the world's true "romance crooner" and proponent of all things love, legendary jazz balladeer Steve Tyrell new collection, 'I'll Take Romance' features 12 tracks with Tyrell, backed by his band along with a String Orchestra. Inspired by Chelsea Clinton's choice of his version of "The Way You Look Tonight" for the first dance at her wedding, Tyrell then decided that his next studio recording should be an album consisting purely of romantic standards- an homage to The Great American Songbook with tracks culled from several genres expressing the theme of romance. Featuring such gems as "That's All," "Taking a Chance On Love," "All of You" and the title track, Tyrell also covers a host of R&B classics, including the Etta James hits "At Last" and "Trust In Me;" Sam Cooke's "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons;" and Little Willie John's "Talk to Me."

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Johansen on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Every Steve Tyrell album is highly enjoyable but his latest had me hooked halfway through the first song - Steve is singing better than ever and infact on the first song At Last and also some other's his voice has definite shades of the wonderful Lou Rawls, I never noticed this before with Steve but on this album it is evident, it's also interesting to know that Lou also recorded At Last so perhaps Steve is paying tribute to him.

If you want to just relax after a hectic day then this is the right album to play!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Steve Tyrell delivers Romance ... just in time for Valentines Day 11 Feb. 2012
By Steve Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
(From VocalStandards.com review)

With his Concord Records debut album -- I'll Take Romance -- Tyrell delivers the romantic goods in boatloads.

Superbly produced, this LP weaves an interesting path through classic standards, R&B numbers and blues ballads ... capturing both the tortured and the joyous affairs of the heart.

The track list of classic and newer standards ride comfortably on the back of Bob Mann's wonderful "Bacharachian" arrangements ... and often his crisp, classic jazz guitar accompaniment as well. This is good stuff.

As expected...

Tyrell not only brings his distinctive vocal stylings to I'll Take Romance, but as you would expect he exercises his Grammy award winning producer skill set to great affect. Steve collaborates with long-time friends Bob Mann and Jon Allen on this, his first Concord effort ... rendering a best-of-breed production with a rich, round vocal track -- elegantly threaded in and around Mann's balanced scores.

The sound staging is both expansive and exacting ... Steve and every instrument in place, offering a warm natural clarity without appearing too forward or competing. Again, perfect balance ... very nice.

To put this production quality into perspective, I saw Steve Tyrell twice in 2011 at gigs in Austin and Houston. He performed all of these songs in those shows, and listening to I'll Take Romance in prep for this review was just like taking in another Tyrell concert appearance.

The guy can sing too!

We need to come up with a nickname for ST. Mel Tormé's vocal distinction made him into the "The Velvet Fog" ... Tyrell's sultry, smokey, bluesy vocal style is unique and equally distinctive. Somebody needs to get him "marketed up" with a cool nickname!

Tyrell knows how to select songs that match his unique vocal style. He plies his song selection acumen to great advantage with a tour tested song list on I'll Take Romance. It's hard to call out special tracks off this list -- they're all extra primo.

Starting and ending with the classics...

Steve opens with "At Last" -- the only song on the LP NOT arranged by Bob Mann, but rather Alan Broadbendt. Bob does offer some very nice guitar in this number ... along with Quinn Johnson's piano, they beautifully support Steve's lilting version of Etta James' signature song.

The next four tracks fall in to the classic camp ... a sultry "That's All"; "Taking a Chance on Love" (the song Steve expected to be the title track back in the summer); "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" and the deserving title track "I'll Take Romance" that ST shares with an equally sultry/bluesy Judith Hill.

Tyrell closes with his hyper popular wedding singer hit "The Way You Look Tonight". I tend to shy away from songs that are trendily popular ... a function of over exposure I suspect, but that's not the case here. Sinatra's version of this song is in the top five of my all time favorites (the other four of which change to suit my mood. Which means it's more like a top 20 ... but you get the point) ... any way, Steve sort of revisualizes this song as a smooth jazz number and it works well.

The chewy center...

...of this album contains titles with a more R&B/Blues lineage -- though they're still rendered with the great string arrangements, Bob's guitar and the wonderfully interleaved piano and horns that suffuse the entire LP. My favorites here are the Little Willie John blues number "Talk To Me", a breezy "Burt-bossa-nova-rach" version of "All of You" and a smoothly styled R&B play -- "A Love That Will Last".

So ... can there be any doubt?

My recommendation ... buy this LP. The combination of classic American Songbook numbers and R&B-come-classic standards -- beautifully produced -- make I'll Take Romance a "gotta have".

If you're a current Steve Tyrell fan ... well, odds are you already own it so I don't need to chat you up. If you're new to ST or only recently acquainted, this is a great album to snag and take your romance to the next level!

I'll Take Romance -- Steve Tyrell; Track List

(VS_Guy ratings: "+++" pluses are good; "~" for meh to middling; "- - -" minuses are not good)

1. At Last 3:52 +++ (ST's bluesy voice plays almost too good here; great piano and guitar accompaniment... get used to it!)
2. That's All 4:04 ++++ (Another perfect song selection for Steve's vocal style ... perfect strings ... Bob's guitar)
3. Taking a Chance on Love 2:39 +++ (Here come the horns ... a very nice classic number)
4. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons 3:33 ++ (Classic smooth rendering)
5. I'll Take Romance 2:54 ++ (Judith Hill "sultryfies" this one to another level)
6. Talk to Me, Talk to Me 4:06 ++++ (Elegant, bluesy ... a wheelhouse Tyrell love song)
7. You Turn Me Around 3:11 ++ (Nice)
8. A Love That Will Last 3:39 +++ (R&B love song taken for a ride in Burt Bacharach's caddy!)
9. All of You 3:41+++ (One more time... Burt-bossa-nova-rach!)
10. Trust in Me 4:04 ++ (Another wheelhouse but my least favorite song on the LP ... still a ++!)
11. Don't Know Much 3:09 +++ (A sleeper ... lays great for ST vocals ... really nice arrangement)
12. The Way You Look Tonight 4:32 +++ (I know it's too popular ... but it's also a damn good song!)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'll Take Romance 26 Dec. 2012
By Gail A. Rippeto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It is steve's best cd ever. he is a talent that will go on forever and I hope he makes more music. this is best cd. love it loveit love it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Steve Tyrell 1 Mar. 2013
By Carolyn Guptill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Steve Tyrell never disappoints me....Have had privilege of seeing his performances in person three times and will again. A unique voice!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Delicious 19 Dec. 2012
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful, delightful songs and music that immediately bring to the fore a deep, soulful feeling so embedded in American's songbook.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great , great, and great. 2 April 2013
By Kathleen Holt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Steve Tyrell. He sings the songs that I grew up with. This one has a lot of songs that I actually never heard before.
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